The Mayor of Logan has been taken to the Beenleigh Watch-house and charged with corruption offences following an investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).
Luke Smith is also accused of failing to correct his council register of interests and two counts of perjury relating to the probe into political donations surrounding the 2016 council elections.
Operation Belcarra investigated the conduct of some candidates in the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Logan councils, conducting hearings in 2017.
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In a statement released on Monday, the CCC detailed the allegations being levelled at Cr Smith.
“The CCC will allege the man knowingly gave false testimony at a public hearing related to Operation Belcarra,” the statement explains.
“(He) was charged today with official corruption, perjury and failing to correct his Register of Interests.
“The CCC will also allege that its investigation uncovered evidence with respect to the other charges laid against the man.”
Cr Smith man was bailed and is expected to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on 17 April.
— ABC Brisbane (@abcbrisbane) March 26, 2018